US Vietnam War vet's remains repatriated after 47 years

Photo taken in December 1995 shows US servicemen draping the American flag over coffins containing the possible remains of US servicemen that are missing in action the Vietnam WarThe remains of an American soldier who went missing in fighting near the Cambodian border during the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to his family, the US Embassy in Phnom Penh said Friday. US Defense Department scientists were able to uncover the identity of Staff Sergeant James L. Van Bendegom using DNA analysis, 47-years after he disappeared when his patrol was overrun, the embassy said. At the time of his capture, aged just 19, Van Bendegom was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit came under attack on July 12, 1967 and returning American POWs later stated that the soldier had died in Cambodia from wounds sustained during the battle.

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